Marc Morrone Newsday columnist Marc Morrone

Marc Morrone was born in 1960 in the Bronx and, when he was 2, his family moved to

The price that pet keepers have to pay for the mild winter is the ticks and fleas that are waking up early from their cold-weather sleep. Fact: they want breakfast and are quite hungry for your pet's blood. So be proactive and start your dogs and cats with whatever flea and tick remedy works for them.

Some vets offer Lyme vaccinations, mostly to dogs that spend a lot of time in the woods or known tick-infected areas. It's worth asking about. Major symptoms of tick-borne diseases in your animal are lethargy and fever. Go right to the vet, where treatment is readily available.